Cathedral Urban Service Experience, a ministry of Christ Church Cathedral in Houston, TX, offers a unique opportunity for youth and adults to grow spiritually as they serve others. In its most recent year, more than 200 CUSE volunteers worked at 11 different sites providing 5400 hours of service.

“Cathedral Urban Service Experience was one of the best-organized mission trips I have experienced, and I highly recommend the trip for any youth group. The accommodations in the Cathedral were top-notch, and two interns who led our group were kind, helpful, and great leaders. The logistics of going to different places each day were made very simple by the great planning and organization of the CUSE staff. We had a wonderful experience of serving others without ever having to worry about how or if the schedule was going to work. Unlike many other trips we’ve taken, there was no one project. Rather, we served at a variety of ministries around the Houston area, serving the homeless and underprivileged both in Houston and abroad (via organizations with local and international focus). Our youth’s eyes were opened, to say the least! They got to interact with the people they were serving to a great degree. Their service was done to individuals, rather than to unknown entities or people. We will definitely be back!”

The Rev. Brad Sullivan

Youth at CUSE

“I learned that your feet can really hurt. Me being someplace can help people smile and laugh. Going to the game night thing.”

“What I learned about myself was that I had a strong heart to help people. What I learned about God is that he wants us to live strong lives and help people in need. I felt like a happy person willing to help people. The coaching and energy. Help do chores around the house with my mom. I have learned that the more caring you show the more blessings you get. I think I could help my family and do things around the house with my mom.”

“I learned that some people aren’t as fortunate as others. I learned that God is always helping you no matter what you do. I changed during this trip by helping others and not putting myself first. The change promoted by me doing people’s lawns. To help dad mow the lawn now because I know what he is doing. I’ve learned that God’s purpose in life is to help people.”

“I learned that I enjoy helping people on the trip. I learned that God uses fortunate people to aid the unfortunate. I have changed by becoming less selfish. Seeing the people thank me for my help promoted the change. I can donate to the food bank and volunteer to keep that quality. I have learned that God wants me to help people. I can help others more often and become less selfish.”

“I can help neighbors and go to more mission trips and reach out to help people. The change was prompted by how many people want to help in God’s name.”